The annual report of the work accomplished through the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society budget in 2008, is now available here.
The Report of Mission and Resources 2008, which is required by General Convention, includes multimedia and downloadable resources.
The report tells how the Episcopal Church lives out the Gospel and engages in God's mission in the world through support of church-wide ministries and programs. The report also shows how the church addresses the mission priorities for the 2007-2009 triennium as established in Resolution D031 by the 75th General Convention in June 2006. The work was done in collaboration with dioceses, congregations, organizations, and networks. The mission priorities are: justice and peace; young adults, youth and children; reconciliation and evangelism; congregational transformation; partnerships.
Multimedia elements include a message from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and a selection of stories, titled "Mission Doorways," that illustrate a variety of the ways in which Episcopal Church resources have been used this year to engage in God's mission in the world.
Among the areas highlighted are the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries; the Young Adult Service Corps; the Office of Communication; Jubilee Ministries; the Asia/Pacific Partnership; and the Office of the Bishop Suffragan for Chaplaincies. The report also summarizes the Episcopal Church's involvement in a number of events that took place in 2008 including the Lambeth Conference of Bishops; Episcopal Youth Event and the Everyone Everywhere World Mission Conference. The website report includes information about the Executive Council's work and an update on the work to reorganize the Diocese of San Joaquin.
The report's website site will offer a downloadable copy of the 2008 Forecast Budget. Final budget information will be updated after the first of the year. This section of the website also includes a link to the Episcopal Church Center finance office's investment portfolio web page where readers can download the annual reports of the trust funds that the office administers and the annual endowment performance report.
A poster that can be downloaded and printed for use by parishioners, congregations and dioceses with highlights, links and website attractions will be available in early 2009.